This guest blog post was written by Sabina Braverman, MPA, with tips from some amazing practitioners from around the globe.
Disclaimer: the information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not designed to replace individualized recommendations from a practitioner. Always check with your doctor before adding supplements or making changes to your treatment plan.
In the last post of our Happy Hormones blog series, we are talking about endometriosis; a painful inflammatory condition in which tissue similar to uterine tissue (endometrium) grows in other parts of the body. Typically, with endometriosis, this tissue ends up infiltrating areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, and even the bladder.
Read on to learn more about this condition, which is said to affect more than 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. Plus, we've included nine symptom-fighting tips from nine brilliant practitioners.
"The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain."
What is Endometriosis?
What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Additional symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)
- Painful Intercourse
- Painful Bowel Movements
- Painful Urination
- Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
How Do I Know If I Have Endometriosis?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of endometriosis, the first step is to talk to your doctor!
Your Doctor Will Likely:
- Conduct a pelvic examination
- Order an ultrasound or MRI
- Perform laparoscopic surgery
Note: Surgery is the only true way to determine if you have endometriosis. Although your doctor can diagnose you with endometriosis by visualizing your growths, taking tissue samples will allow them to study the endometrial tissue in depth.
Naturally Alleviate Endometriosis Symptoms
Naturopathic Doctor, and endo warrior, Dr. Caleigh Sumner (ND), says "this is one I suffer from, so I have tried everything! Ginger is so simple and such a savior. A couple ginger capsules a day before you start bleeding, and during, can reduce your need for other pain medications.”
Endometriosis can be painful, but it does not need to be isolating!
Check out some of these amazing endo warriors and give them a follow! Remember, you do not have to go through this journey alone.
About The Practitioners
In case you missed it, be sure to download our “How to Have Happy Hormones” guide today for some more tips about topics like Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Hormonal Acne, PCOS, Perimenopause, and PMS.
Thank you to the wonderful women that made this booklet possible!
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